Genre: Musical, Festival
Book, lyrics and music by Christopher Massimine. Directed by Christopher M. Czyz

An edgy, sexy contemporary two-person musical scored with an original array of contemporary punk, pop, rock, and infused jazz, LOVERS, explores the darker side of a relationship.

Chip and Jolie thought they found an unlikely love.  In a relationship spanned over 8 years from carefree impulses to increasing uncertainties, their story is set against human rhythms, harmonies and ultimately, the discords of Manhattan dreams versus Brooklyn realities…where dreams go deferred and sacrifices are made...or not...with tragic results.

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LOVERS, book, lyrics, and music by newcomer playwright/composer Christopher Massimine.  Direction by Christopher M. Czyz, with Music Direction by Evan Jay Newman and is produced by Massimine/Roytman/Presentations (producers of the West Coast hit, The Most Mediocre Story Never Told!), Ruben Brache (Little Women, Broadway, Shout!, Off Broadway), in Association with Jason Goldstein (Chuckleball, Off Broadway), Matthew Kagen, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Casting by MKA Casting (formerly Barry Moss Casting).

About the Company: Midtown International Theatre Festival

The Midtown International Theatre Festival, now in its eleventh year, celebrates the diversity of theatre.  The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites.  The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity.  The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the theatre world.  The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, in 2000 as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety.  In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions.  The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.

Open:   07/15/10
Close:   08/01/10

Performances play Thurs 7/15 @ 8pm, Weds 7/21 @8pm, Sat 7/24 @ 9pm, Weds 7/28 @ 2pm, and Sun 8/1 @ 2pm.
Theater:   Beckett Theater - Theater Row
Address:   410 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
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WILL TAYLOR (Chip) has appeared on Broadway in A Chorus Line (Bobby), La Cage Aux Folles (Phaedra), The Producers, and 42nd Street. Other New York credits include Jason & Ben (NYMF), The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Actor's Fund), and The Lisbon Traviata (The Center). He will be featured in the blockbuster movie Sex and the City 2. Will is originally from Charlotte, NC and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

COURTNEY HAMMOND (Jolie) A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Courtney's favorite roles include Sally Bowles (Cabaret, CAP 21), Ariel Moore (Footloose, Orlando Convention Center) and the title role in the Theatreworks national tour of If You Give a Pig a Pancake. A proud member of Actors Equity, Courtney was also the co-host of Shamu TV on the Discovery Chanel/Animal Planet and the co-host and Green Team Captain on the live Nickelodeon game show Splat! where she was lucky enough to get slimed on a daily basis.

CHRISTOPHER M. CZYZ (Director) Recent directorial work on Distracted (Roundabout Theatre Company); Something You Did (Primary Stages); Sabra (Manhattan Theatre Source); Spite; Prayer (NY Fringe Festival). Other directorial work with the Vineyard Theatre, NY Collective, Producer's Club, and Samuel French New Play Festival.